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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com

Recent Articles
  • Independence family loses everything in house fire just one day after insurance expires

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence family lost everything in a fire, only to discover their insurance policy expired the day before. In fact, they were trying to come up with the money needed to renew it after premiums went up. Now, they struggling through a hard-learned lesson. “It was unbelievable. It went from a fire we could probably put out or deal with. You think ‘OK, maybe it’s just the garage, maybe it’s localized.’ You just see it keep going, […]

  • Staley, KC community showing support for soccer coach recovering from cancer

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s high school soccer season, but there’s more than a win riding on Tuesday night’s game between Staley and Oak Park. “We always say we’re a family. He’s like our dad pretty much,” Kaitlin Peterson, a member of the Staley girls varsity soccer team, said of their coach. Johnny Chain was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a few weeks ago. Since then, he had an 8-hour surgery to remove his thyroid and 75 lymph nodes. But even […]

  • KC high school partners with Harvesters for mobile food pantry for families in need

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ruskin High School hosted Harvesters’ mobile food pantry Thursday afternoon to help local families in need. The mobile food pantry distributed food to families in need of emergency food assistance. It was only the second time this has happened, and the line of cars around the block spoke for itself. “I thought this was a great idea,” said Velinda Evans, one parent waiting in line Thursday. “The time of day is good. A lot of other […]

  • Metro woman says her wedding ring was stolen at nail salon

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A metro woman says her wedding ring was swiped at a KCMO nail salon. Now, she’s desperate for the community’s help getting it back. “I’m still in shock,” Megan Cumberland said. “They called me up to the bowl to soak my dip powder off, and at that point I went and washed my hands and took me to another table. When I got to the other table, I immediately looked around and was like, ‘I don’t […]

  • Metro businesses, FOX4 Problem Solvers help paralyzed KCK man get help he needs

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Thanks to some generous metro companies, a KCK man who is paralyzed got some much-needed help. FOX4 first told you about Damaine Williams in February. He was shot and paralyzed from the waist down, desperately in need of a wheelchair ramp. But the issues didn’t end there. Thankfully, not only did he get the help he needed, but multiple companies also went above and beyond Williams’ expectations. “It’s a blessing. That’s how I look at everything […]

  • Local Jewish group says blankets donated to Safehome represent comfort and safety

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A Kansas City Jewish group donated blankets for people recovering from abusive relationships. Chabad Itkin runs Chabad Young KC, which is a monthly girls get-together to have discussions, learning, and hands-on crafts. And they love giving back to the community. For “Do Good” Sunday this past week, they made blankets for Safehome. Itkin says the group enjoys doing things for others, and were proud to help a worthy cause. “We feel that Safehome is a very vital, […]

  • 7-year-old severely injured by foul ball at Joplin baseball game

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A seven-year-old boy is expected to live, but still heavily sedated at Children’s Mercy Hospital after being hit in the face with a baseball. FOX4’s Melissa Stern spoke with the boy’s parents Monday who are asking for the community’s prayers. Dawson Hirshey has not spoken since Friday night, but he has opened his eyes. It’s been a harrowing few days. His parents learned Monday that he will survive, but might have some obstacles to overcome. “The […]

  • Mayor forms panel to decide how to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Instead of renaming The Paseo in Martin Luther King Jr.’s honor, Kansas City leaders will take weeks to look at other options. “I’m offering an opportunity to have an intellectual conversation, racial healing, inclusive, broad conversation about the power, the value, integrity, goals and legacy of Dr. King,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James said Friday. A panel formed Friday has until late May to gather ideas for how to honor King in Kansas City. A group […]

  • Leawood’s ‘Officer Oliver’ brightens residents’ days with visit to senior living center

    LENEXA, Kan. — Six-year-old Officer Oliver Davis wants to be a police officer when he grows up, but for now he’s doing what he can before joining the force. “They help people, and they are nice to people,” Officer Oliver said of other police officers. On Friday, Oliver went on patrol on at a metro senior living center. “He believes he`s a real police officer, and since he can`t work at the police station yet, this is his way of helping […]

  • Popular Westport restaurant Californos temporarily closed after dozens get sick

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dozens of people say they got sick after eating at events catered by a popular Westport restaurant. Now Californos, the restaurant involved, is shut down until further notice. The Kansas City Health Department is investigating to determine what made so many people ill. The department is still working to contact around 400 people who attended the two events on March 31. They’ve already interviewed around 70 people, and 70 percent of them — or 49 people […]

  • Dreamers rally at Missouri capital against bill to cut in-state tuition for undocumented students

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Metro DACA students from the Kansas/Missouri Dream Alliance headed to Missouri’s capital Wednesday to lobby against a budget bill that would terminate in-state tuition rates for undocumented youth with DACA. “It was horrible. I ended up going to the dean’s office. It got to the point where I really wanted to continue school. I didn’t want to drop out or go to another college, but I wasn’t able to afford it,” said Zaid Consuegra, a dreamer […]

  • Neighbors say double homicide further evidence of a neighborhood heading downhill

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Neighbors are on edge after two people were found dead inside a Kansas City, Missouri home. Police say they were called to a home near Belmead and Glenside around 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Officers found a man and woman dead inside the house. As police investigate, neighbors said the neighborhood is going downhill. “The situation out here is getting bad. There’s a lot of cops in the area now. I just don’t feel safe here,” said one neighbor, Bobbie […]